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Metal Thieves Steal 500 Flower Holders From Colma Graves

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A copper flower holder at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma (CBS)

A copper flower holder at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma (CBS)

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COLMA (CBS / AP) — Metal thieves looking to cash in on the rising value of copper and brass have swiped cables from subway tracks and wiring from utility poles. Now police say they’ve hit the cemetery in search of a quick buck.

Colma police said thieves stole brass and copper flower holders from more than 500 graves at the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park earlier this month.

Cmdr. Jon Read told the San Mateo County Times that thefts happened on two separate occasions.

The vases, which were chained to graves, were first noticed missing by maintenance crews.

Read says that while the 4,500 pounds of metal are worth about $4,500 to recyclers, they will cost about $87,000 for the cemetery to replace.

No arrests have been made. Police have alerted local recyclers to be on the lookout.

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